5.9.06

In the path of Hezbollah, book review.

The book is written by a very prominent scholar, Dr Nizar Hamzeh who used to be the political science department chairperson in the American University of Beirut and who works at the moment in Kuwait.

The book is a very objective and scholarly depiction of the inner working and organization of Hezbollah. It methodically dissects all the aspect of Hezbollah, explaining the theological basics that govern all its activities from recruitment to the hierarchal organization, shedding some light on the special relationship linking Hezbollah to Iran.

Additionally, the author presents a very elaborate categorization of all the organization and subdivision of Hezbollah. Like its media arm consisting of Al Manar TV, Al Nour radio station and several other print media outlets, or the Jihad al Binna organization that is currently handling the reconstruction efforts, or even its armed forces.

The author based most of the book on a very thorough and comprehensive research using books by Nassrallah himself, and direct interviews with several high-ranking officials (like Naim Kassem, Nassrallah's second in command).

"In the Path of Hezbollah" is a must for anyone who wants to learn more about Hezbollah from a very reliable, objective and accurate source, without being drowned in the current media blitz.

If you are interested check the book out on Amazon, head over to my blog I have a link to it.

2 Comments:

At Tuesday, September 05, 2006 6:47:00 PM, Blogger Lazarus said...

BOB,

also read Naim Qassem's own book (althouth that is "slightly" less objective than the one you reference) as it is an interesting insider's look.

- l.

 
At Tuesday, September 05, 2006 10:17:00 PM, Blogger Gosudarynya said...

Bob & Lazarus,

I read a proof copy of the Syracuse Press book (Hamzeh) the year before it was published and did find it valuable in its information and scholarly structure (I'm one of those nutty academic types). What I found missing, however, was what was not there for Dr. Hamzeh to cover using his own parameters. The question: What happens once they participate, with success, in Lebanon's political structure? We've already seen the downgrade in aim from imposition of Islam on all of Lebanon to focus on basic care and political empowerment of the Shi'a. This is clearly the best option for Islam-based political parties (and non-Islamic!) and should be followed by others.

Qassem's book is far more revealing; I was surprised that he was as open as he was. Both books are valuable reading for those who study or involve themselves in not just Lebanese politics but the Middle East in general since the US has so greatly destabilized the region in recent years.

 

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